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Texas Hippie Coalition – Rollin’

Released by: Carved Records

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Groove Metal/Southern Metal

Links: http://thcoutlaw.com/

Links: http://www.myspace.com/texashippiecoalition



Line Up:

Big Dad Ritch – Vocals

Randy Cooper – Guitar

Crawfish – Guitar

John Exall – Bass Guitar

Ryan “The Kid” Bennett – Drums



Tracklist:

1. INTERVENTION

2. FLAWED

3. ROLLIN’

4. JESUS FREAK

5. PISSED OFF AND MAD ABOUT IT

6. GROUPIE GIRL

7. SADDLE SORE

8. COCKED & LOADED

9. BACK FROM HELL

10. BEG



As our loyal readers will find out in the up and coming reviews, Myglobalmind will still review older releases from this past year of 2010, as well as all of your new and upcoming releases in Hard Rock and Metal. One of these past releases is from the band hail as “band of outlaws” from the heart of Texas, where everything is bigger……including the music they play. At first glance as the cover of the band’s record “Rollin” you think you are about to listen to a bunch of bad ass bikers playing instruments, but the reality is that these guys implement an array of southern steel, with a crunchy groove of the likes of Pantera, Down and other Southern Metal bands.

The influences in style range from Hendrix, Steve Miller, some Skynyrd of course and a little of Alice Cooper thrown in for good measure. With band members names like Big Dad Ritch and Crawfish (as southern as it gets)… I was hooked on their crunchy melodies with aggressive pure ripping southern metal scowls.  The band’s now second studio album brings an abundance groove metal energy that synthesizes the groups notorious image.

As we crank up this jolt of abrasion you will notice the opening track of “Intervention’, a tour de force which plants the formula the group utilizes throughout this ripe offering. The title track rolls nicely with another message of rocking and rolling like any true rocker could appreciate. The almost industrial sound of the destructive riff in “Jesus Freak” brings memories of the classic Soundgarden tune “Jesus Christ Pose’, pretty timeless groove then transcends now into this menacing attack. The more laid back power ballad “Groupie Girl” has an precarious controlled grind that takes full flight half way through with an intricate guitar lead.

Truth be told is that THC is not going to break any new ground with this record, but what they lack in originality they more then make up with force and coolness. Yes these Texas dudes can blast some tunes the like of Black Label Society, Pantera etc. Having not heard their debut record “”Pride of Texas” I can’t really compare it to that one, but will do check out in the future as these guys have a definite grandiose groove that is predominant on each track. Their fans have nicked the bands style as “red dirt metal”, and listening to this record a few times I can see why…Pure Steel with southern flow….Dare you take a gamble and blast this piece you won’t be let down . Just don’t forget a beer and some loud speakers.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys   7/10


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